Scotland have an “evenly-balanced” Euro 2024 group after being drawn with hosts Germany in the opening game, as well as Hungary and Switzerland, says head coach Steve Clarke.
They will face the Swiss in Cologne on 19 June and complete the group against Hungary in Stuttgart on 23 June.
“It’s nice to have clarity. Now we can start preparing,” Clarke told Scotland at the draw in Hamburg.
“It’ll be nice to open the tournament. Hopefully we can do that with a good match but it’s important to focus on the match and not the occasion.
“It’s a good group, an evenly-balanced group. The homework starts now. I can start watching the video of matches.
“To be competitive in every match, that’s our aim. Germany better be ready for a lot of Scots coming.”
Scotland could face England in the last 16, should they win the section and Gareth Southgate’s side finish runners-up in theirs.
First, though, the focus will fall on the opening match against the hosts – a occasion that Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said will be “fantastic”.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be involved in the first game,” he told Scotland. “A lot of Scotland fans have fond memories of being in the opening game of France ’98.
“The way my phone’s buzzing, there’s a lot of people wanting tickets. I imagine there’s websites crashing now. That’s the joy that the tournament brings. It’s great to see it.
“I think the four teams in the group will be thinking they all have a chance. We’re delighted to be here and be in the group we’re in and see where it takes us.”
‘Scots will give good account in tough group’
Former Scotland forward James McFadden said Clarke’s side “will be confident they can get out of” Group A.
They finished bottom of their group at Euro 2020, losing to Croatia and the Czech Republic at Hampden, either side of a goalless draw with England at Wembley.
“It’s a tough group, I’m not going to lie and say I’m delighted with the group,” McFadden said on Two.
“The opening game will be a great occasion and all the pressure will be on Germany to get a result and that should suit Scotland because against the better sides, they tend to do OK.
“I think Scotland will give a good account of themselves because they have had the experience of playing in the Euros before and will want to put right the disappointment of those games.
“The players will be supremely confident going into this group stage.”